Speaker of the discussion, organized by YSU Centre for Leadership and Gender Studies, Anna Harutyunyan noted that the research was conducted in April and May in Yerevan and Ijevan. Via interviews and focus groups the researcher has made an attempt to find out what knowledge and understanding of gender and gender equality our citizens have.
“The knowledge is incomplete or does not exist, because the organizations that are eligible to transfer knowledge, also face lack of knowledge, and if there is no lack of knowledge, there is also no lack of opportunities,” - said Anna Harutyunyan.
The researcher has come to the conclusion there is no gender discourse in Armenia. One reason is that people have different perceptions on the subject. In addition, there is no mutual understanding among our NGOs. They do not consider each other on the same plane and do not try to debate.
“There is no personalization, critical approach to knowledge and there is a lack of knowledge sharing between intellectuals. All this leads to the absence of gender discourse,” - she said.
As a solution, she brought the example of Europe. It all began with literature. Intellectuals should speak, people raise their issues, tell their own stories.
After the presentation of results of the research Anna Harutyunyan answered the questions of the participants.